Tucked away in the Seneca Shopping Center in Great Falls, VA is an authentic slice of Greece. The family-owned and operated Our Mom Eugenia is run by two brothers who have named the restaurant after their mother, Eugenia. This is not a Greek diner. The menu represents the very best in classic Greek cuisine. Eugenia Hobson, an accomplished chef runs the kitchen and the food is definitely the kind you wish your mom had made.
As I said, the restaurant is family run and the minute you arrive, you are welcomed like a close family member. If you are lucky, you'll get Dennis Roumeliotis as your server. When he's not helping to guide you around the menu, or taking you on a tour of Greece through the wonderful selection of Greek wines on the wine list, he'll regale you with stories of his family in Greece, his parents and grandparents, or how after he went diving for Octopus as a young boy, he prepared and ate his first catch over an open fire on the beach. It's a family affair all the way at Our Mom Eugenia's and the food and atmosphere gives you all the comforts of home.
For our dinner, Dennis suggested both Kolokithákia, which are beer-battered, thinly sliced, fried zucchini served with house made tzatziki and Grilled Octopus. The zucchini were fried perfectly and the tzatziki had the tang of Greek yogurt with herbs. The octopus was grilled perfectly, it was tender and accompanied on a bed of greens with a splash of lemon.
For our entrees, my wife opted for the catch of the day, which was Branzino filets, stuffed with shrimp and rolled and served over a bed of garlicky mashed potatoes and drizzled with spicy Greek olive oil.
I selected the classic Arní Giouvétsi, Oven-braised lamb shank with orzo. The lamb is slow-braised for almost five hours and falls off the bone. They give you a spoon to make sure you can get every last bite. Since this was my first trip to the restaurant, I decided not to lick my plate. I didn't feel like I was that close a family member. Yet. ;-)
We both enjoyed Greek coffee as part of our dessert service. Dennis told us there were three levels of sweetness and we opted for the mildly sweet. It was perfect. We also split an order of Galaktoboúreko, a Greek milk custard pie with fyllo pastry. The pastry was light and fluffy and paired with the coffee was a perfect end to a perfect meal.
I didn't realize that if I wanted to take a trip to Greece all I had to do was to make the short drive to Great Falls, VA. It's a trip I will be making many more times.